One year ago today, Reid Park Zoo celebrated the birth of its first African elephant calf, Nandi. Today, visitors came out for the birthday festivities, which included cake, treats and gifts. Tucson 12 was on hand to get some video of the special day.
With the start of the Arizona Athletics season this week, Athletics Director Greg Byrne, coaching staff from various sports, and mascots Wilbur and Wilma rode the Sun Link streetcar to speak with fans and enjoy the atmosphere of Downtown Tucson.
"We’re always looking for ways to connect with the Tucson community, and what better way than to take the streetcar from campus to downtown and mingle with patrons, business owners and Wildcat fans,” Byrne said.
If you'd like to track the streetcar and you have a smartphone, you're in luck. The Tucson Streetcar Tracker, developed by Dallan Porter at the University of Arizona, is useful if you want to figure out how long it will take for the streetcar to show up at the stop where you're waiting.
If you haven't returned your City of Tucson Primary Election ballot, today is your last day to get it in the mail to make sure it gets counted in Tuesday's election in the contests for Mayor and Council Members in Wards 1, 2 and 4. You also can drop off ballots through Tuesday at the City’s Elections Center, 800 E. 12th St. (near East Broadway Boulevard and South Euclid Avenue) or the City Clerk's Office on the 9th floor of City Hall, 255 W. Alameda.
In addition, there are select polling places open on Tuesday.
A career fair in Tucson yesterday brought job hunters together with employers who were ready to give those with criminal records a second chance. Organizers expected about 750 people to show up, but two hours into the fair at the Tucson Convention Center, more than 1,000 were in attendance. The Second Chance Coalition, which hosted the job fair, was co-founded by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Federal Magistrate Judge Charles Pyle.
The flags that have flown over Tucson over the last 240 years, including the flags of the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, will be presented in a ceremony to celebrate Tucson’s 240th birthday.
Reid Park Zoo is hosting a special breakfast event tomorrow morning to celebrate Nandi's first birthday, but tickets to the private party sold out fast. If you still want to watch Nandi celebrate her birthday and couldn't get tickets on time, there will be a public party Saturday at 8 a.m. Watch Nandi get more birthday treats, and you can sign a card, sing Happy Birthday, and chat with Zoo staff about Nandi’s first year. Activities are free with regular admission.
Planning and Development Services Department Director Ernie Duarte is retiring from the City of Tucson after nearly 31 years, including 15 years as director, to become the chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Salpointe Catholic High School. His last day with the City is Sept. 18.
Tucson Water and Arizona Project WET are offering a series of self-guided tours at the Sweetwater Wetlands, 2551 W. Sweetwater Dr. The new Discovery Program engages visitors through a journey along the path that surrounds the ponds and recharge basins. Guests can use a QR code reader app on any smart device to view the Wetlands in a scientific way as they navigate around the 60-acre site.
Glen Gross & Raw Material will perform contemporary jazz standards Friday at 7 p.m., as Friday Night Live closes out its fourth season. The Tucson-based jazz quartet was founded by Glen Gross and Tom Galarno in 2009. The concert is presented by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and Main Gate Square.
The Pima County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved the property tax rates for the current fiscal year. The total rate is set at $5.96 per $100 assessed value. Homeowners with an average property value of $152,000 will pay $906 per year in county property taxes. That's an increase of about $30 per year.
On another matter, Supervisors voted down a proposed 3 percent rate increase for Pima County's sewer service.
Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
Two new bike corrals provide secure parking for Tucsonans who like to bike to 5 Points Market and Restaurant, Cafe Desta, and Bon, as well as the new Johnny Gibson's Downtown Market. The businesses requested bicycle parking through the City of Tucson's Bike Rack Distribution Program, which provides free bike racks to area businesses. A Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program employee will work with business owners to determine the best size parking rack and the perfect rack location.
The Pima Association of Governments (PAG) has a "Walk Safe Drive Safe" pedestrian safety campaign, including a 30-second video (below) to help tell a story that encourages people to watch out for each other and themselves.
An average of 250 pedestrians are injured each year in collisions with vehicles and about 20 of those don't survive, according to crash analysis data prepared by PAG.
The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is seeking motivated, dependable team players to assist with the development, implementation, and evaluation of recreation programs for children, youth, and active adults. Recreation Assistants also help with the operation of facilities, special events, and provide front desk customer service to our customers.
This recruitment will establish a civil service list to fill vacancies occurring within the next six months. The deadline to apply is Aug. 23.